The management of Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State has suspended one of its students, Mr Afolabi Emmanuel for allegedly breaking into the website of Premium Times.
FUTA’s Deputy Director of Corporate Communications, Mr Adegbenro Adebayo, who made the announcement recently said the action of the final year student of the Department of Food Science and Technology exhibited misconduct and misuse of the IT infrastructure of the university.
The management of the University further revealed that it received a complaint from Premium Times which borders on a Denial of Service (DOS) attack on its website between February 28 and February 29 via concerted vulnerability scanning by a person that used the IT facility of the university.
An investigation was later carried out and the investigation revealed that Emmanuel committed the alleged act of misconduct through the usage of the log in credentials of two members of staff without authorisation.
The student has since been placed on indefinite suspension and he has not yet been found anywhere in or near the premises of the institution throughout the period.
Part of the statement read: “Following the complaint, the university management initiated an investigation and it was discovered that Emmanuel carried out the alleged act of misconduct using the log in credentials of two members of staff without authorisation to perpetrate the act.
“In the extant Student’s Handbook of Information, your action is a misconduct to abuse the use of university IT infrastructure.
“While still putting in place an arrangement to give you an opportunity to explain yourself, you are hereby placed on an indefinite suspension retroactively from 18th of March, 2020.
“The university deplores such behaviour and reiterates that it will continue to visit such aberrant act with the full weight of the rules and regulations governing students’ behaviour and conduct off and on the campus. For the avoidance of doubt, only students who are worthy in learning and character can lay claim to and be addressed as FUTA students.”